My new Don McIvor custom shave brush

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soulshine
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My new Don McIvor custom shave brush

Post by soulshine » Sat Feb 23, 2008 10:32 am

Good Morning Gents,

Sometime between Christmas and New Years, I contacted Don McIvor asking is he could make me a shave brush based upon the design of the cocobolo brush pictured here:

http://www.pollaroelegance.com/ShavingBrushes.html

While I know this brush was done before for other forums and such, I wanted something unique. I gave Don some guidance as to wood characteristics & inserts I found attractive. I had zero time frame and I let him do his thing. A few weeks later he contacted me that he found a few wood types he would like to work with and told him, "use your best judgment." He did experience some minor issues with wood breaking and inserts not fitting properly but a week or so back he sent me pics of not one or two finished pieces but THREE of them to choose from. One was done in Rose Myrtle, another in Amboynia and a third in Cocobolo! Don had not only gone through the extra effort to make up three brushes but he also gave me the choice of six inserts for the top! I felt Don really went beyond what I had expected. After much deliberation, I chose the Amboyna burl brush with a crazy lace agate stone insert on the cap.

Please excuse my poor pics - my skills are limited.

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Don is truly an artist and a fine gent to deal with for sure. I also ordered one of his fine bowls on his website to keep on my nightstand. I would not hesitate to order from him again.

s~s

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Post by drP » Sat Feb 23, 2008 11:45 am

The wood is very attractive and beautiful to look at; can your brush stand on its handle or does it have to hang in a stand? What's the knot diameter?
I think that briar would also be a very beautiful wood to use for shaving brush handles: very warm and flaming pattern.
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Post by Scrapyard Ape » Sat Feb 23, 2008 12:08 pm

drP wrote:I think that briar would also be a very beautiful wood to use for shaving brush handles.
I know I've seen a briar handled brush somewhere. The guy making them used many other exotic woods too. The one that really struck me as gorgeous was made with palmwood... rich gold color with dark speckles and streaks. I wish I could remember the website now.
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Post by Whistler » Sat Feb 23, 2008 1:47 pm

Post a link for him?
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Post by soulshine » Sat Feb 23, 2008 2:11 pm

the top is rounded so a stand is necessary & the brush is 25mm.

you can contact don here:

http://mcivorwoodworks.com./shaving_accessories.htm

s~s

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Post by Big Swifty » Sat Feb 23, 2008 2:19 pm

Bob,
Congrats on your new brush...it is quite beautiful.
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Post by Pen-in-Hand » Sat Feb 23, 2008 3:53 pm

Unique brush. Congrats.

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Post by NiksaNovovic » Tue Feb 26, 2008 12:34 am

Well Greg, I don`t think that this is the site that you had in mind but it does have palm-wood handles http://tamwoodworks.runtrails.com/images/26.jpg I do agree that it certainly has a very alluring je ne se quoi about it.

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Post by Scrapyard Ape » Tue Feb 26, 2008 2:42 pm

NiksaNovovic wrote:Well Greg, I don`t think that this is the site that you had in mind but it does have palm-wood handles http://tamwoodworks.runtrails.com/images/26.jpg I do agree that it certainly has a very alluring je ne se quoi about it.

Warmest regards, Niksa
No, that's not the site. I think the one I saw has vaporized. I did some searching and found a different site with a few palmwood brushes though (and a few other interesting woods/materials)

http://www.tjrakowski.com/contents/en-us/d29.html
~Greg

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